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Wendy York

Wendy York discovered her passion for teaching and learning at age 19 while serving as a substitute teacher in Bryan, Texas. She spent much of her career teaching middle school students and later went on to serve as a Secondary Literacy Coach. In 2008, Wendy was honored as Pinacate Middle School’s Teacher of the Year and was recognized by a non-profit California organization for Outstanding Contributions to Literacy.


Kira Shearer Ed.D

With a B.S. in Education and a M.S. in Counseling, Kira is a strong advocate for educating the whole child. This passion for student learning has led her to take on a variety of roles during her 25 years in education. She has served as a classroom teacher, district coach coordinator, and administrator for two County Offices of Education. In her work for the Riverside County Office of Education and later the San Diego County Office of Education, she worked closely with district, school site, and community stakeholders to design multi-year initiatives, including Common Core State Standards implementation, Master Plan for English Learners, systems of support for student learning, and professional learning opportunities for teachers, coaches, and administrators.


Sharon McCreight

has a BA from UCLA in musicology and M.Ed. with specialization in Reading. She spent 19 years in Long Beach Unified School District working as a teacher, Literacy Coach, and ELL Specialist before working 6 years as an Instructional Coach in the field of Professional Development for districts across California, as well as Chicago Public Schools and Fort Worth Independent School District. She has worked with districts and school sites in order to support implementation of Common Core State Standards, instructional design and delivery, Process Writing, Direct Interactive Instruction, SDAIE strategies, and curriculum design and pacing. Sharon is dedicated to the goal of college and career readiness for all students by helping to build capacity of school leadership and teacher teams.


Nancy Padilla Ed.D.

Dr. Nancy Padilla has been passionate about teaching and learning for more than three decades, working collaboratively with thousands of students, hundreds of teachers, and dozens of administrators. With a Doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, she has primarily worked with under-served student populations as a teacher, mentor, and school site administrator. An award-winning leader with K-12 principal experience, her schools were recognized for successes at each of the levels--elementary, middle, and high school. After retiring, or rather ‘re-wiring’ from public school service four years ago, she has been coaching administrators and staff in multiple districts while fostering capacity-building leadership, providing high-quality professional development, and facilitating system coherence with lead learners. 


Dr. Jennie Wright Ed.D.

Dr. Wright first discovered a love of teaching during high school when teaching pre-school students. She has a B.S. in Secondary Education, M.A. in Educational Leadership, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy. She has spent the last 14 years serving in public education in both very high and very low SES communities as a high school teacher, high school Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal and Middle School Principal. Jennie’s moral imperative in education is to provide a rigorous, high quality education to ensure College and Career readiness for ALL students, regardless of background, circumstance or situation. Jennie is married with 2 children and comes from a family of educators including her husband, sister, brother in law, and mother in law.


Mary Buttler

Mary Buttler is a visionary educator who works tirelessly in service of students, teachers and administrators working to create outstanding schools and districts. She has been a teacher, principal, Director, Assistant Superintendent and a Superintendent during 30 years in education. Mary is an experienced manager, excellent communicator and curriculum/instruction expert who has worked at all levels of education, pre-K through college. She has a proven ability to develop and manage new and existing programs in a dynamic, fast moving environment in a manner that increases student achievement. 


Dr. Marcie Poole Ed.D.

Dr. Marcie Poole has over 20 years of experience in education, serving in various demographics, as a classroom teacher, Literacy Coach, assistant principal, principal. Marcie believes in educating every child with consideration of both academic and social needs as well as ensuring that children are ready for college and career success.

Marcie has earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice, a M.A. in Education, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership.


Dr. Amy Bryant Ed.D. 

Amy Bryant’s enthusiasm and passion for education started 21 years ago when she began her career as a Bilingual Elementary Teacher. After becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in English as a New Language, she mentored NBCT candidates while teaching English and History as a Middle School Teacher. Her administrative career began as an Instructional Coach and English Learner Professional Developer. The experiences in that role inspired her doctoral specialization in Curriculum and Teaching. With the hope of affecting change on a grand scale, she served as an Elementary Principal, and at the district level as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Southern California.


Kara Duros

Kara Duros believes strongly in the power of education to transform lives and communities and has spent the last 15 years working in underserved communities towards educational equity. She has worked in both charter and public middle and high schools as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and as Director of Instruction. While pursing her administrative credential and Master of Education in Instructional Leadership, she engaged in action research around the power of collaborative inquiry to positively impact teacher practice and student learning. She saw first hand how powerful the inquiry process is in helping schools to better meet the needs of their students and is excited to support others to engage in this learning process as well.


Linda Christopher Ed.D

Linda Christopher has spent the last 30 years engaging in a variety of roles in education. Her work includes classroom teaching Pre-K through high school, District Office Administration in Grants and Project Development, Alternative Education Principal, College Professor and Executive Director of 2 Education-related non-profits. Linda also holds her National Board Certification in Middle School Social Studies and earned her Doctorate from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA focusing on Education Leadership and Policy. Helping school districts with strategic planning and professional development has been her long-time passion. She is thrilled to be a part of Innovate Ed and having the opportunity to work with “Districts on the Move.”


Jill S. Bradford, J.D.

Inspired by her fifth grade principal and her mother, a high school teacher, to believe in the transformative impact of schools on the experience of students, families, and entire communities, Jill Bradford began her career in education over twenty years ago as a bilingual elementary teacher in Los Angeles. She has since held leadership and advocacy roles at the school site, non-profit, District, and County Office of Education levels, including ten years as a site administrator designing and leading equity, trauma-informed instruction, response to intervention, ELD, and balanced literacy professional development for administrators, site and District staff in public and charter districts in Northern and Southern California. Jill holds a BAH from Villanova University and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She is the proud mother of a human daughter and a fur son, has coached youth sports for over ten years, and actively volunteers in service of bereaved parents and Trisomy advocacy communities and as a retreat leader for young adults.


Dr. RoseMarie Hickman, Ed.D.

RoseMarie is a hopeful educator who believes in the power of education to transform the lives of children. For the past two decades, she has made a positive impact as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal. During her service as a middle school principal and with the support of a dynamic school leadership team, she worked to improve learning outcomes and school climate and reduce the digital divide. RoseMarie has earned a B.B.A., M.A. in Educational Leadership, and Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership. She cherishes her family and friends.


Monica Trousdale

With over 25 years of experience in education, Monica brings a strong background in curriculum, instruction and assessment to the InnovateEd team. She holds a B.A. in Administrative Studies, a M.S. in Teaching, and a Reading Specialist Credential. Across the years she has served in many roles from classroom teacher to site- and district-level administrator. In her work with districts, she has led professional development in the areas Common Core implementation, professional learning communities, data analysis teams and leadership development. Monica is committed to supporting educators on their path to improved systems and increased student learning.


Sharon Wright

Sharon Wright is a third-generation educator with over 18 years of experience serving public schools. She has served both Title and non-Title schools as a classroom teacher, English Language Learner Specialist, Instructional Coach, and Assistant Principal. Sharon leads with purpose and passion by staying true to her personal mantra: Everything I do matters…Every day, every child, every person! Her ability to build and nurture relationships coupled with her passion for collaborative work has been an asset in creating positive school and workplace cultures.

Sharon earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts, and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction.


Talisa Sullivan, PhD

Dr. Talisa Sullivan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Teaching Credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Cal State San Bernardino and a PhD in Education with an emphasis on Urban Leadership from Claremont Graduate University. She joins the InnovateEd Team with more than 17 years as an educator serving students, teachers, staff, parents and the community in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange Counties. Dr. Sullivan specializes in at-risk populations and has built a rapport as an Instructional Leader and Restorative Administrator at comprehensive schools and alternative programs throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.

In addition to serving as an administrator in the K-12 public schools, Dr. Sullivan serves as an Assistant Professor in the School of Education for the Teacher Education Program at the university level. As one of our Lead Consultants, Dr. Sullivan has a magnitude of knowledge and training in education and is passionate about 21st Century preparation for college and career readiness.


Jean Casruita

Biography coming soon!


Margaret Eszlinger

Margaret Eszlinger

Margaret brings over twenty-five years of dedicated counseling services to InnovateED. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling, holds community college lifetime credentials in teaching Psychology, Counseling, and Pupil Personnel Services. She has served numerous years for NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counseling) and WACAC (Western Association for College Admissions Counseling); chaired National College Fairs for Orange County; participated in conference planning committees and presenting for WACAC; and chaired committees for WASC accreditation.